Cutting Room for September 12

In an age of Kickstarted shenanigans and other tomfoolery, here comes some positive news: Dan Mirvish has made good on a 20-year-old promise. When his investors on Omaha (the movie) first backed his project, it had to seem like a bit of a longshot. No, these investors will not be retiring on this unexpected windfall. One of the checks I saw was for $8.14. But the thing about patrons of the arts is this: we don’t fund things (just) to profit. Seeing Dan symbolically (more than anything else) acknowledge people who let him make his movie is a sweet reminder of the positive relationships that can (and should) occur between the funded and the funders of cinema.

I was super relieved to find out that Running From Crazy, a documentary screening on Tuesday Oct 7 at 7 pm at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, is not about my reaction to seeing a clown. Instead, it is a documentary about the impact of mental illness on multiple generation of the Hemingway family. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, and it is in advance of “A Time for Hope and Healing” luncheon that The Kim Foundation is hosting and at which Mariel Hemingway will be the keynote speaker. I’ve always wondered what “keynote” means. I realize I could Google it, but I was kind of hoping it would be organically revealed to me by now. What? I have different hopes and dreams than most.

We live in the strangest possible timeline. Follow along: Bill Murray will not be in Ghostbusters 3. As of now, all that is known about Ghostbusters 3 is that it will feature female leads. Someone asked Murray, who will not be in Ghostbusters 3 who he thinks should be in Ghostbusters 3. He said Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone and Linda Cardellini (you know her, just Google). Now someone asked Wiig, who has not been approached about Ghostbusters 3 if she would do Ghostbusters 3, and she said yes. Not that they wouldn’t have been considered anyway, but if any of those ladies wind up in Ghostbusters 3, it is sure going to look like a random reporter’s question to Bill Murray is responsible. Also, that’s the most number of times anybody but Dan Aykroyd has ever said Ghostbusters 3

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Cutting Room for September 5

I hate it when people talk during movies. But I love it when people play symphonic music live in the theater while I watch a movie! What luck, Alloy Orchestra is returning to Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater for a live musical performance accompanying Dziga Vertov’s 1929 experimental film, Man with a Movie Camera. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and only $8 for members. The show is at 7 pm on Oct 4, which is great because I’m free that day. What? I have a social calendar. You don’t know my life.

I have a soft spot for kids in tough places who find a way out by finding their voice through creative writing. As such, my softie heart is pitter-pattering at the prospect of Erin Gruwell, the teacher known for her work with the Freedom Writers, coming to Aksarben Cinema on Oct 1 at 7 pm. Gruwell will screen the documentary Stories from an Undeclared War and hold a Q&A afterward, along with a book signing. For ticket info, head to aksarbencinema.com. If you hadn’t noticed, the world seems like an extra crappy place these days. It’s wonderful to spend some time thinking about and listening to something positive, as apparently that stuff is rare!

I shouldn’t include this because technically, this is TV news. Well, not really because it’s not TV, it’s HBO. Oh, and also, “True Detective” was more like an 8-hour movie than an ongoing drama. And then there’s the fact that the news at hand involves Justin Lin in discussion for to direct one more episodes of the show’s second season. So you know what, I’m calling this movie news, whether you like it or not!

We’ve already had Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, but apparently our need to see children fattened and eaten knows no bounds. The awesomely talented Neil Gaiman has penned an adaptation of the tale that comes out this fall, but now producer Juliet Blake has snapped up the rights to make a live-action adaptation. This is not because Blake or Gaiman in particular experiences enjoyment from watching kiddie cannibalism. Probably.

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Birdman

A delirously fun satirical send up of artistic pretension. 

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The Overnighters

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Interstellar

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Nightcrawler

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